TOM WAITS - THE MAIN POINT, BRYN MAWR 1974

December 6, 2018 – 3:27 am

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TOM WAITS
Bryn Mawr 1974 [JF Archive Vol 10 via JEMS, 1CD]

Live at The Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA; October 26, 1974. Fairly to very good mono audience recording.

Thanks to JEMS; BK and to frogster for sharing the show at Dime.

Installment 10 is what we believe to be a previously uncirculated audience pull of Waits at the legendary Philadelphia area coffee shop. For the era, it is a very clear and listenable “you are there” mono recording of a very entertaining set.

We shared the recording with frogster who sent some additional insights on the performance:

“Waits is in a talkative mood this show, speaking for a good two to three minutes between most songs as he strums the chords to the next one, spinning yarns including an amusing story about a ‘friend who was working in a saw mill.’ Set highlights include an early blues guitar version of “Better Off Without A Wife,’ which would later turn into a piano ballad, as well as an embryonic version of “Nighthawk Postcards,” with about a third of its lyrics in place, plus some additional lyrics that wouldn’t make the final version. In all, it offers a fine recording of an intimate Waits performance.

Taking this one over the finish line on JEMS’ behalf is frogster, who came to our attention through many excellent posts and reposts of late, including several key early Waits’ concerts. Thanks to him for taking it the last mile and to glasnostrd19 who suggested we connect with frogster.

Thanks to JF, who reached out on DIME (you could be next!) and offered us his archive, which had been sitting in boxes, 6000 miles away from where he lives today, for 20+ years. Like so many early tapers, he had great stories to tell and the memories flooded back as we sorted through tapes. We are pleased to be able to bring his work to all of you. Please let him know through your comments that you are, too.

BK for JEMS, 2015

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Track 01. Rosie 5:54
Track 02. On A Foggy Night 7:51
Track 03. The Heart Of Saturday Night 3:19
Track 04. Fumblin With The Blues 5:08
Track 05. Ol’ 55 9:07
Track 06. Better Off Without A Wife 3:53
Track 07. Nighthawk Postcards 4:26
Track 08. Ice Cream Man 2:26
Track 09. Big Joe And Phantom 309 5:16
Track 10. Diamonds On My Windshield 4:17
Track 11. The Ghosts of Saturday Night 3:20
55 mins

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  1. 7 Responses to “TOM WAITS - THE MAIN POINT, BRYN MAWR 1974”

  2. Rumor has it Tom gots a big un

    By U L E on Dec 6, 2018

  3. tx again for this gem -

    By fruchtas on Dec 6, 2018

  4. This man isn’t very handsome or attractive ‘ but a big penis makes up for it definitely. He could jump my bones anytime.

    By Katie Kessler on Dec 7, 2018

  5. Look at how big Toms hands are . Dead giveaway. Big prick most likely ‘ at least Dee Dee says so .

    By T J on Dec 7, 2018

  6. what a great find after all these years! many thanks to JF Dime and of course bigO for sharing this!

    many fine artists played the Main Point back in the day, i’m sure every music fan has the legendary Bruce Springsteen show broadcast on WMMR. if not grab it!

    By barth on Dec 7, 2018

  7. So sad we have a juvenile penile obsessive cretin that has to post on everything - cannot you ban his ip ?

    By Riff West on Dec 8, 2018

  8. thank you BigO

    By Nothing wrong with her a hundred dollars can't fix on Dec 9, 2018

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